What’s been happening
DONATION: Wonderful news! The No Angels Line Dancers have once again made a generous donation to us to help with our funds, this time its £1,000 !! every penny of which will be spent benefitting those patients referred to us from all of the Medical Practices of Bo’ness.
TRAINING : St. Andrews Church, Bo’ness, kindly lent BC4U the use of their mini bus which we used as part of our volunteer drivers training. In our video we promised to show you the ropes, and as a result a group of new volunteers were recently taken to Forth Valley Royal Hospital, Lanarkshire Beatson and Glasgow Beatson where, as well as learning the routes, they saw the drop-off points, parking, and refreshment facilities at each of these locations. St Andrews Church have offered us the use of the mini bus in the future which is a great boon to us. The happy bunch who participated are pictured here.
DONATION: As part of Lloyds Group Banking, the Bank of Scotland Foundation have a Matched Giving programme. One of the members of the wonderful Bo’ness Belles suggested to them that they could enrol BC4U as a beneficiary in their scheme. Consequently we received a donation of £500 from the Foundation, which was linked to the Bo’ness Belles current fundraising .
DONATION: The employees of Walker Timber held a step-count fundraiser paying £1 for each 1,000 steps and raised a massive £4,280 which they have donated to Bo’ness Car4U, they intend holding another event in October and we will again be the beneficiaries. Members of the BC4U Committee attended their premises where Lorna Shanks and Jaine Stewart of Walker Timber presented the cheque.
DONATION : In 2009, Alan Gilbert, a Bo’ness football coach who trains local youngsters here won a newly distilled cask of Highland single malt whisky, labelled ‘anCnoc’ meaning simply ‘the hill’, and it has been slowly maturing in the bond of Knockdhu Distillery, Aberdeenshire since then.
It was recently bottled exclusively for Alan and he has kindly donated some of this bounty to help raise funds for Bo’ness Car 4U. This bottle is one of only 210 available
Now your average Highland single malt whisky may be 40% or 43% strength by volume, anCnoc is a mighty 59.2% vol. It is a soft golden colour, described as having a delicate note of early wood richness complimented with aromatic flavours.
Gail Fairholm at the Corbie Inn sold this delightful whisky on our behalf at £5.95 a nip, raising a wonderful £120 for us.
DONATION : No Angels Line Dance, Bo’ness, have donated £300 from their funds to help us achieve our aims. A million thanks to Ann, Angela and all those No Angels!
FUNDRAISER : The Bo’ness Belles put on a fantastic entertaining show at their Cake Bake and sang their hearts out all afternoon – as well as the beautiful singing the cakes were absolutely delicious! They informed us they had raised £1,000 for our charity. Thank you so much girls.
APPRECIATION: They do say, cometh the hour, cometh the man, however in our case it was cometh the men!! and both from Corbiehall!!
Our website designer had said “You might find in time, someone will step forward to help with website maintenance”.
So when we needed to make alterations for our launch day Allan Cormack of AC Data Solutions stepped up and offered us his assistance at no cost and has helped us several times since, not least of which when we installed our Policies page. Thank you Allan!
When our newly appointed Publicity Officer, Val, asked for help from any media techies in our community to help and advise us on setting up videos on YouTube, Rob Willox of Webmedia stepped up and the result of their efforts can be seen if you search for Boness Car4U on YouTube and Facebook. One video explains our activities and the other appeals for volunteers, both videos produced in an extremely professional manner.
Rob, also declined payment for all of his invaluable help – a million thanks Rob!
APPRECIATION: Bo’ness Appreciation of Whisky Society have donated their first bottling of Lindores Lowland single malt whisky to sell on behalf of Bo’ness Car4U. It is 59.5% proof and sells at £5.95 a nip. A great whisky and well worth a try! A big thank you also to Gail Fairholm at the Corbie Inn who put our name forward and sold the whisky which raised £120 for our funds.
DONATION: Craigmailen Church run a Tuesday Lunch Club and decided to make a donation to Bo’ness Car4U from the profit generated. Many thanks to everyone who made the donation of £100 possible.
FUNDING GRANT: Falkirk Council, in partnership with the Falkirk Health and Social Care Partnership, Community Choices secured funding to improve the local area and members of the community were invited to vote to decide how this money is spent. Bo’ness Car4U were successful in obtaining a grant of £5,000 towards our running costs. 3,300 eligible votes were cast. We would like to thank everyone who took the time to vote for us, it really is appreciated.
APPRECIATION : Our lead fundraiser Maria Ford, composed a written submission and spoke on our behalf for funding to be considered by the committee of Branches, which is a non-profit gift shop in Bo’ness town centre run by volunteers. Half the money they generate goes to the Vine Trust and the other half is distributed to local, national and international projects. They decided to grant us £1,250. Pictured below is their Manager, Ann Mitchell, together with 2 of her volunteers handing their cheque to Maria, Rod and Irene. This money will be put to good use supporting our free hospital transport service for cancer patients.